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Copy of The right word.
Transcript of Copy of The right word.
This shows that he is outside of society, he doesn't fit in. Later on in the poem she opens the door, this shows that the figure is not a threat and is part of the 'family'.
You can't identify the person or label them, also lurking implies the boy is threatening which is why she calls him a terrorist in that stanza. He remains in the shadows for most of the poem, for the whole poem he remains unknown and unlabelled.
changes to outside that door, outside your door, outide my door. To show that terrorist/freedom fighters are all around us and we shouldn't judge them. The situation could therefore happen outside anyone's door.
Outside the door
lurking in the shadows
outside the door
The Right Word by Imtiaz Dharker
Outside the door,
lurking in the shadows,
is a terrorist.
Taking shelter in the shadows
Taking shelter shows he is vunerable and identifies him with alliteration as a freedom fighter which makes him sound more positive and like he's fighting for a good cause instead of brutal terrorism.
Imtiaz Dharker was brought up in Scotland and born in Pakistan. She is a poet, artist and documentary film maker who lives in London and India.
Is that the wrong description?
Outside that door,
taking shelter in the shadows,
is a freedom-fighter.
I haven't got this right.
Outside, waiting in the shadows,
is a hostile millitant.
Are words no more
than waving, wavering flags?
Outside your door,
watchful in the shadows,
is a guerrilla warrior.
God help me.
Outside, defying every shadow,
stands a martyr.
I saw his face.
No words can help me now.
Just outside the door,
lost in shadows,
is a child that looks like mine.
One word for you.
Outside my door,
his hand too steady,
his eyes too hard
is a boy who looks like your son, too.
I open the door.
Come in, i say.
Come in and eat with us.
The child steps in
and carefully, at my door,
takes off his shoes.
it's alliteration. The waving indicates a constant movement or varying of ideas and that nothing can be pinned down with certainty. Wavering implies hesitation and unsteadyness.
God help me/ defying
God help me shows that the author is shocked at what she sees, how this child being a terrorist/freedom-fighter is inhumane. Defying sounds like the child is defying the state/government.
lost in shadows
the child is hiding and scared, does not know what he is doing. He is following a shadow and is being forced into it.
carefully/ takes off his shoes
referred to as a child, that he is careful is a shock as we expect the child to be brutal and wartorn. The fact that he takes off his shoes shows he is respectuful and polite to the home that is welcoming him in
I haven't got this right
The poet is questioning the word 'terrorist' there are so many labels for people. They could be good in one mind but bad in others. Different groups of people label people differently.
Our opinion on the poem
We like the poem because it questions what is politically correct and we also find it hard to label people as you never know all of the points of view and judge people on your views instead of their own motives.
about the author
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